|Range of B. rufifrons Year-round range|
Rufous-capped warblers generally reach a length of about 12.7 cm (5.0 in). They are plain-olive to olive-gray, with white underbellies, bright yellow chests and throats, and a distinctive facial pattern consisting of a rufous cap, a white eyebrow-line (or superciliary), a dark eye-line fading into a rufous cheek, and a white malar marking. The bill is rather stout for a warbler, the wings are round and stubby, and the tail is long, often raised at a high angle and flicked.
While rufous-capped warblers are generally birds of tropical shrubby highlands, North American sightings tend to be in oak woodland canyon bottoms, near running water, while the birds stay low in dense vegetation.
The courtship song of the rufous-capped warbler is a rapid, accelerating series of chipping notes (chit-chit-chit-chitchitchit), somewhat reminiscent of the rufous-crowned sparrow, while the call notes is a hard chik or tsik, often repeated. Like other New World warblers, this species does not actually warble.
Rufous-capped warblers primarily feed on insects and spiders, foraging through dense brush and scanning close to the ground for movement. They are not generally known to flycatch from perches.
- "Basileuterus rufifrons". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 27 February 2006.
- Sibley, David Allen (2003). The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America. Knopf. ISBN 0-679-45121-8.
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- "Basileuterus rufifrons". Avibase.
- "Rufous-capped warbler media". Internet Bird Collection.
- Rufous-capped warbler photo gallery at VIREO (Drexel University)
- Rufous-capped warbler at Animal Diversity Web (University of Michigan)
- Rufous-capped warbler species account at Neotropical Birds (Cornell Lab of Ornithology)